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April 10, 2010

Restaurant reviews: Konstam at the Prince Albert, Kings Cross, London, UK

It’s that time of the year again and time to organise our work do. I tend to go along with what everyone else wants, because I like spicy food and there are a few in our office that don’t. Even so, I was slightly disappointed when I got the menu and was asked to chose a starter, main course and dessert – everything looked very English/French, which to me usually means boring. How wrong I was.

Address:

2 Acton Street

Kings Cross

London WC1X 9NA

Telephone: 0207 833 5040

Email: princealbert@konstam.co.uk

This is about five minutes from King’s Cross station. Acton Street can be reached from Gray’s Inn Road.

The decor and layout

From the outside, the restaurant looks particularly unprepossessing. It was a pub at one time (The Prince Albert) and the outside still looks exactly like a pub, grey and dull. However, as soon as you step inside, it is another story. The first thing that I noticed was chains of silver beads draped from the ceiling in a series of chandelier-shapes. Then the walls, ceiling and floor are painted deep green. The whole effect is very striking, without being over the top.

The room itself is not particularly large, but they managed to arrange the tables in such a way that we weren’t sitting too close to anyone else. They had organised two tables of eight for us and there were also a couple of other parties of about the same size, as well as tables for two and four. The food was mainly prepared and cooked actually in the restaurant; fantastic, because you could see exactly how fresh the food was.

The toilets were downstairs, and weren’t quite in keeping with the upstairs, as often happens in London restaurants with basements, but were perfectly clean and adequate. However, they are not easily accessible for wheel-chair users or anyone with mobility problems.

The food

The main selling point of this restaurant is that, owned by Oliver Rowe, a chef from North London, the food is sourced from areas within the six tube zones. That may not seem too surprising, until you realise that the menu includes food such as fish, ostrich and game, all of which is actually available in the London area.

We were a party of 15 and therefore had chosen our dishes in advance. We were given a choice of starters, main courses and desserts, which included: Butternut squash & chestnut soup with bacon (optional) & crme frache, Grilled Amersham pigeon breast with beetroot & orange relish, Norbury Blue, walnut, apple & chicory salad for starters; Grilled

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